Mood stabilizers are used to treat children with mood disorders, such as bipolar disorder. Children with bipolar disorder have extreme mood swings (manic or depressed states).
- When children are in the "manic" state, they may be very active, talk too much, have a lot of energy, and sleep very little. They may also be angry, irritable, or feel overly self-important.
- Children in the "depressed" state may:
- Feel hopeless or helpless.
- Have a loss of energy.
- Have changes in appetite.
- Gain or lose weight.
- Not enjoy activities the child used to enjoy.
- Have thoughts of suicide.